Chautalas face the heat in 2 more graft cases

Their conviction in the JBT teachers recruitment scam isn't the only headache for former Haryana chief minister and INLD president Om Prakash Chautala and his MLA son Ajay Chautala: they face serious graft charges in two other cases a disproportionate assets case and the HCS recruitment scam. Both cases are pending in the Supreme Court.

The CBI had completed its probe in the HCS recruitment scam last year and the premier investigating agency has recommended the registration of a criminal case against the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) president Om Prakash Chautala, former Haryana transport minister Ashok Arora and over five IAS and Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officers, among others. The Supreme Court is yet to pronounce its verdict on the CBI recommendation.

In its 81-page report (a copy of which is with The Indian Express) on the HCS scam, the CBI has alleged that top bureaucrats, in connivance with the then chief minister Om Prakash Chautala kept on tweaking the rules and criteria, to favour certain candidates. The senior Chautala and his then principal secretary, B D Dahlia, have been named as 'chief-conspirators' while the rest of the accused including top IAS officers and former transport minister Ashok Arora have been accused of acting as facilitators.

The Chautalas are also under the scanner in a disproportionate assets case. The CBI has already registered a case against Om Prakash Chautala, his sons Ajay and Abhay, and filed a chargesheet in indicting the trio of amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income. The case is also pending in the Supreme Court. In the chargesheet filed on March 26, 2010, the CBI has claimed that Chautala allegedly amassed assets worth Rs 6.09 crore (189 per cent more than his legal income), between 1993 and 2006.

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